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Heating & AC Repair and Maintenance - Winter's Coming, Now is The Time

With fall in the air and winter on its way in the Quad Cities, now is the perfect time for heating and A/C repair and maintenance. At Dale's Service Center we know just how cold it can get in Davenport during the fall and winter seasons, and that snow isn't uncommon - in fact, lots of it! If your heater is blowing cold air or there are other issues with your car's heater, it's important not to put off any repairs that need to be made. Regular heating and A/C maintenance is also a good idea, as having your system checked occasionally can help prevent major problems or costly repairs down the road.

Whether you have a car, truck, SUV, or any other type of vehicle, staying warm is important for a comfortable ride when you're traveling to work, school, appointments, or just running errands. Many motorists don't quite understand how their car or truck's heating and A/C system delivers cold air in summer months, and heated air in winter months. Basically, a heater core is located behind the dash and draws heat from your vehicle's engine which it blows into the cabin via the fan. The air conditioning system delivers cold air into the cabin of a car or truck by sending coolant to the fan.

Most motorists aren't really concerned about all the operational details; you simply want your heater to work when it's chilly outdoors. Nothing is more miserable than having to commute in a car or truck with a malfunctioning heater while you shiver, shake, and hope to make it to a warmer destination. Not only that, but when there's snow in the forecast or on the ground, it could be dangerous should you become stranded. This is why it's so important to schedule regular heating and A/C maintenance.

When you schedule maintenance, the A/C and heating systems of your car, truck, or SUV are inspected in-depth. This includes:

  • Inspection of the interior and blower
  • Checking temperature of interior vent air
  • Inspection of A/C belt for damage such as cracks
  • Checking radiator hoses, thermostat, pressure cap, and coolant level
  • Inspection to detect refrigerant leaks in A/C system
  • Comparison of A/C pressure to that of manufacturer specifications

Is your heater blowing cold air, or is the cabin just barely warmer than it feels outdoors? This indicates a problem with the heating system. If the heater only functions when you are driving, but not when you come to a stop or are idling, it should be checked out. Perhaps the air is warm, but the vents aren't putting out as much air as they should be even at the highest setting. There are many scenarios that could be presented, but these are some of the most common. All you know is that when it's cold outside, you want to enjoy your travels in a nice, warm environment. It's also vital to have a warm vehicle should the unexpected happen and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road - especially when temperatures are frigid.

If you’re having heating or A/C system problems and are in the Davenport area, trust Dale’s Service Center to get to the bottom of the issue so that you can drive in comfort again. Give us a call today!

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